​Today, the second part of step one of the Government's four step plan to emerge from lockdown begins.

​On Monday 29 March the constraints set out in law will lift further and allow up to six people or two households to meet outdoors. The 'Stay at Home' rule will end, outdoor activity facilities will open and formally organised outdoor sports will be allowed.

​Since testing for COVID-19 first became available in Northamptonshire in May last year, the range and volume of testing sites has increased significantly.

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As Northamptonshire’s COVID -19 cases show a slight increase, Public health officials issue reminder to stay at home
April 21, 2021
As Northamptonshire’s COVID -19 cases show a slight increase, Public health officials issue reminder to stay at home
​As Northamptonshire’s COVID-19 cases show a slight increase, Public Health officials issue a stern reminder to residents to stay at home until March 29 and strictly follow the guidance when at work, school, out for essential shopping or exercise. This week’s surveillance report, an analysis of the county’s recent coronavirus cases and rates over the period 8 February to 14 March 2021, shows 578 residents have tested positive. Northamptonshire’s total weekly case number shows an increase of 4% compared to the previous week with increased numbers namely in Corby, East Northamptonshire and South Northamptonshire. More recent data shows that cases are also rising in Kettering and that the rate of increase is stepping up. Northamptonshire’s weekly infection rate per 100,000 population is 76.2, an increase of 6% compared to the previous week and significantly higher than the national average of 58.6. All district and borough infection rates, except for South Northamptonshire’s, are significantly higher than or similar to the national average. Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby’s rates are significantly higher. View the latest surveillance report Due to the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccination in the elderly and clinically vulnerable, over the last four-week period there have been steady decreases in numbers of cases amongst people aged 60+ and the number of sad deaths of loved ones is reducing more rapidly. Now, and in the coming months, residents are being urged to continue to get tested, get vaccinated when the call comes and follow the gold standard protective trio: Hands, Face, Space. This will ensure that the county progresses through the four steps outlined in the Government’s ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’ at the earliest opportunity. They are also being reminded that if they have had a vaccine or a negative Lateral Flow Test, they must still continue to follow all guidance. Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council, says: The latest figures are concerning. We are still in lockdown and the figures to date have reflected this but it would appear that this week cases are starting to rise again. Only we can change this trajectory and the only way we can do this is to stay at home until 29 March and practice COVID-secure behaviours if we must venture out for work,school, essential shopping or exercise. Those with access to rapid testing must complete this regularly to help us identify positive cases, isolate as required and reduce the risk of significant spikes in rates locally that may further set our progress back. The other way to tackle this is to get the jab when the call comes. If you receive an invite to get your jab, then please honour the appointment. Vaccinations are precious – let’s not waste them. Also, please rest assured that the vaccine is safe. You may have read or heard in the news that a small number of countries in Europe have paused the roll out of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to reports of blood clots in a small number of people vaccinated. I want to reassure you that these pauses are purely precautionary whilst authorities in those countries investigate but both the World Health Organisation and the UK medicines regulator (MHRA) have made it clear that they have no concerns given the current available evidence. In the UK, more than 11 million people have already received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and reports of blood clots so far are no greater than the number that we would naturally expect in the vaccinated population. Please remember that you may only leave the house for limited reasons permitted in law and mixing indoors with individuals other than household members or those in your care bubble is not permitted. Even when outdoors please leave the 2 metre safe distance and adhere to the mantra: Hands, Face, Space. The next date for easing of lockdown measures in March 29 but they will only be eased if the data support it. We are nearly there, let’s not risk being held back now.” The following people now have access to free regular rapid lateral flow testing: adults who are unable to work from home, secondary school pupils and college students, staff of primary and secondary schools,nurseries and colleges, adults in households, childcare and support bubbles of nursery children, primary and secondary-age pupils and college students. Pupils in secondary schools and colleges will now get home testing kits from their school or college. Adults in their families, meanwhile, can get a COVID-19 test twice each week at a local test site or by collecting a home test kit from a test site. Find out more about testing Remember: a negative test is not a free pass to ignore the guidance. The county’s community based testing sites for workers who cannot work from home are at: Lodge Park Sports Centre in Corby Hazelwood Neighbourhood Centre in Corby Danes Camp Leisure Centre in Northampton Brackley Leisure Centre in South Northants Redwell Leisure Centre in Wellingborough Daventry Leisure Centre in Daventry The test is called a Lateral Flow Test and involves a swab of the mouth and nose and provides a result within 30 minutes. The University of Northampton site is now restricted to students and university staff. If you are not showing symptoms but must work with others, get the rapid test to find out if you are infectious and isolate if positive. It is vital however to understand that the test only tells you whether you are at peak infectiousness at the time of the test, it does not tell you that you are COVID-free. Levels of infectiousness change from the point of contracting the virus to the point you recover from it, which can take up to 14 days, during which time you may not have experienced any symptoms. It is therefore vital that you exercise all COVID-secure measures even if you get a negative result. You must continue to follow COVID guidelines and remember to wash your hands, wear a face covering indoors and maintain 2m distance from others. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, remember to get tested as soon as possible to find out if you are positive. If you have a high temperature, continuous cough or loss of or change in sense of smell or taste, you should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test. If you have either type of COVID-19 test and it is positive, you must self-isolate for ten days – with your household also isolating for 10 days from when the positive person’s symptoms started or test result was positive if they have no symptoms. Do not go to your workplace, to school or to the shops. Either work from home or report sick. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be helped by the NHS test and trace service to identify the people they’ve recently been in contact with so they can be alerted and also self isolate if required. Book a test online , on the Test and Trace app, or by calling 119. Home testing kits can also be ordered subject to availability.
Extended opening hours at county’s household waste recycling centres
April 21, 2021
Extended opening hours at county’s household waste recycling centres
Three of the county's household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) will temporarily open for an additional day - on Mondays - to help cater for the current increased usage seen during the pandemic.
Northants Now podcast series success
April 21, 2021
Northants Now podcast series success
Northants Now is a new podcast series from Northamptonshire County Council and Public Health Northamptonshire. Each episode offers advice and support on a range of public health and wellbeing issues for Northamptonshire residents.
Continued improvement for Northamptonshire children’s services
April 21, 2021
Continued improvement for Northamptonshire children’s services
Children's services in Northamptonshire are continuing to improve despite the recent challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Testing testing………how to access the right testing for you across Northamptonshire
April 21, 2021
Testing testing………how to access the right testing for you across Northamptonshire
​Since testing for COVID-19 first became available in Northamptonshire in May last year, the range and volume of testing sites has increased significantly.
Public Health officials implore residents to ‘apply common sense’ when restrictions are eased
April 21, 2021
Public Health officials implore residents to ‘apply common sense’ when restrictions are eased
​On Monday 29 March the constraints set out in law will lift further and allow up to six people or two households to meet outdoors. The 'Stay at Home' rule will end, outdoor activity facilities will open and formally organised outdoor sports will be allowed.
Step 1b on the roadmap out of Lockdown comes into effect today
April 21, 2021
Step 1b on the roadmap out of Lockdown comes into effect today
​Today, the second part of step one of the Government's four step plan to emerge from lockdown begins.
Director of Public Health Northamptonshire's letter to parents
April 21, 2021
Director of Public Health Northamptonshire's letter to parents
​Easter break is now almost upon us, and with it the further easing of restrictions on 29 March, life suddenly feels as if it may soon be a little more 'normal'.
Extended opening hours at county’s household waste recycling centres
March 23, 2021
Extended opening hours at county’s household waste recycling centres
Three of the county's household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) will temporarily open for an additional day - on Mondays - to help cater for the current increased usage seen during the pandemic.
Northamptonshire remembers those lost to Covid-19 and their loved ones
March 23, 2021
Northamptonshire remembers those lost to Covid-19 and their loved ones
​Today, Tuesday 23 March marks the anniversary of the UK's first Covid lockdown. In recognition of this, Marie Curie has organised a National Day of Reflection to remember those who have died in the pandemic and to support those who have been bereaved.
As Northamptonshire’s COVID -19 cases show a slight increase, Public health officials issue reminder to stay at home
March 23, 2021
As Northamptonshire’s COVID -19 cases show a slight increase, Public health officials issue reminder to stay at home
​As Northamptonshire’s COVID-19 cases show a slight increase, Public Health officials issue a stern reminder to residents to stay at home until March 29 and strictly follow the guidance when at work, school, out for essential shopping or exercise.
North Northamptonshire Council public beta website launched
March 23, 2021
North Northamptonshire Council public beta website launched
The North Northamptonshire Shadow Authority today launched an initial version of the new website for North Northamptonshire Council and is offering residents the opportunity to explore it and provide feedback.
West Northamptonshire Council launches public beta website
March 23, 2021
West Northamptonshire Council launches public beta website
The new West Northamptonshire Council today launched an initial version of its new website and would like residents to explore it and provide feedback.
COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and the sad deaths of loved ones continue to fall
March 23, 2021
COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and the sad deaths of loved ones continue to fall
​Public Health officials are pleased with progress but remind residents that to ensure the trend continues, they must stay at home until further lifting of lockdown measures on 29 March.
Arc Leadership sets bold agenda to put the environment at heart of every decision
March 23, 2021
Arc Leadership sets bold agenda to put the environment at heart of every decision
​New Environment Principles set out clear ambition to protect, restore, enhance and create new nature areas and natural capital assets across the Arc region.
No Smoking Day 2021
March 23, 2021
No Smoking Day 2021
​Wednesday the 10 March is No Smoking Day, and to mark the event local Tobacco Control leaders are highlighting the importance of keeping smoking out of the home.
Northamptonshire pupils eligible for free school meals will get support in Easter holidays
March 23, 2021
Northamptonshire pupils eligible for free school meals will get support in Easter holidays
Northamptonshire pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals will receive support during the Easter Holidays.
Voi shared e-bikes arrive in Kettering
February 11, 2021
Voi shared e-bikes arrive in Kettering
Kettering residents can now hire Voi e-bikes to circulate safely while adhering to the social distancing recommendations.
Northamptonshire Highways ready to grit county's roads from October to April
February 11, 2021
Northamptonshire Highways ready to grit county's roads from October to April
Northamptonshire Highways is on standby to grit the county's roads from October to April during periods of snow and ice.
Repair and strengthening works on Nine Arches Bridge in Thrapston
February 11, 2021
Repair and strengthening works on Nine Arches Bridge in Thrapston
​Repair and strengthening works on Nine Arches Bridge in Thrapston over the River Nene on Bridge Street/Kettering Road are set to take place between February and July 2021, lasting around five months.
Life changing opportunity for people to build a new career in construction
February 11, 2021
Life changing opportunity for people to build a new career in construction
​Helping people lay the foundations for a career in the construction industry is the aim of Northamptonshire County Council’s construction skills programme, and over 400 people have now graduated from this free training, with many more due to complete their courses in the next few weeks.
Distribution of school holiday food vouchers for February half term
February 11, 2021
Distribution of school holiday food vouchers for February half term
Northamptonshire County Council will be distributing school holiday food vouchers for the February half term. All families with eligible children will receive a voucher to the value of £15 per eligible child for the week.
Motorists warned as Bus lane enforcement will start soon
February 11, 2021
Motorists warned as Bus lane enforcement will start soon
Motorists are being warned that fines will soon be issued for those illegally using bus lanes in some parts of the county
Small Business Grants launched to help Northamptonshire start-up entrepreneurs and businesses
February 11, 2021
Small Business Grants launched to help Northamptonshire start-up entrepreneurs and businesses
The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire (BIPC) is supporting the local business community with the launch of its Reset, Restart programme.
Changes to council services - Coronavirus
January 12, 2021
Changes to council services - Coronavirus
A range of online courses are now available from the Council for local residents living in Northampton and surrounding areas.
Library Plus presents Pacesetter’s 21 for 21
January 12, 2021
Library Plus presents Pacesetter’s 21 for 21
Northamptonshire LibraryPlus has partnered with Pacesetter Sports and Wellbeing to produce a series of seven videos called “Pacesetter’s 21 for 21”.
Urgent appeal to residents to return community healthcare equipment
January 12, 2021
Urgent appeal to residents to return community healthcare equipment
Northamptonshire residents are being asked to return community healthcare equipment they no longer need.
Trading Standards reminder for bird keepers
December 10, 2020
Trading Standards reminder for bird keepers
​Trading Standards is reminding Northamptonshire bird keepers that they need to protect their birds from avian flu.
County council to deliver care at four care homes
December 10, 2020
County council to deliver care at four care homes
​Northamptonshire County Council is taking on responsibility for the delivery of care services at four care centres in the county.
Northamptonshire’s residents urged to protect over 60s and the NHS
December 10, 2020
Northamptonshire’s residents urged to protect over 60s and the NHS
All Northamptonshire's residents are being told they must continue to follow the national guidance to avoid a rise in cases and if they must leave the house, to be super alert to the dangers of transmission.
Northamptonshire County Council launch Christmas tree colouring contest to brighten up windows across Northants
December 10, 2020
Northamptonshire County Council launch Christmas tree colouring contest to brighten up windows across Northants
Northamptonshire County Council has launched a children's Christmas tree colouring contest to brighten up windows and homes across Northants. Back in the summer, windows were filled with colourful rainbows to say thank you to the NHS and key workers, and the county council hopes to see this once again – but this time with Christmas trees.
Pioneering project returns to offer free training for people to develop construction skills
December 10, 2020
Pioneering project returns to offer free training for people to develop construction skills
​The pioneering Northamptonshire Construction Skills Programme has returned for a second phase to deliver free training courses in core construction skills for anyone looking to build a career in the sector, thanks to Northamptonshire County Council’s successful bid for further Government funding to continue the programme.
Distribution of school holiday food vouchers for the Christmas holiday period
December 10, 2020
Distribution of school holiday food vouchers for the Christmas holiday period
Northamptonshire County Council will be distributing school holiday food vouchers for the Christmas holiday period. All families with eligible children will receive a voucher to the value of £30 per eligible child for the two week period.
Emergency planning maintain animal welfare gold standard
October 02, 2020
Emergency planning maintain animal welfare gold standard
​For the 12th year running Northamptonshire County Council has been awarded a Gold Contingency Planning Footprint in the RSPCA's Community Animal Welfare Footprint scheme.
New Chief Executive for the Children’s Trust
October 02, 2020
New Chief Executive for the Children’s Trust
Northamptonshire County Council has welcomed the appointment of a new Chief Executive for the Children’s Trust. Colin Foster will be joining the Trust from Bedford Borough Council where he has been Director of Children’s Services.
Northamptonshire County Council encourages children to get ‘back to school safely’
September 15, 2020
Northamptonshire County Council encourages children to get ‘back to school safely’
Northamptonshire County Council is supporting a new government campaign to reassure parents and students that schools and colleges are ready for their return next month.
Nature has a home on new A43 road in Northamptonshire
September 15, 2020
Nature has a home on new A43 road in Northamptonshire
KierWSP Northamptonshire Highways have recently completed the next phase of a dual carriageway in Northamptonshire as part of the work to improve the link between Northampton and Kettering.
People urged to think ‘water safety’ after rising visitor numbers at Northamptonshire country parks
September 15, 2020
People urged to think ‘water safety’ after rising visitor numbers at Northamptonshire country parks
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northamptonshire County Council would like to remind people to be cautious and think about water safety as more people choose to 'staycation' this summer.
"September is prepareness month" celebrates its sixth year
September 15, 2020
"September is prepareness month" celebrates its sixth year
Since 2015, Northamptonshire County Council and other local partners have been involved in the #30days30waysUK campaign which aims to inspire and empower people to be ready and better prepared for a wide range of risks and their consequences, such as flooding, fire and power cuts.
Statement regarding Wellingborough Horse Fair
September 15, 2020
Statement regarding Wellingborough Horse Fair
A statement about the planned event from the local police, council and Public Health.
Northamptonshire County Council awarded gold for supporting the Armed Forces
August 10, 2020
Northamptonshire County Council awarded gold for supporting the Armed Forces
Northamptonshire County Council is among three local businesses who have achieved a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold award for actively demonstrating their support and advocacy for the Armed Forces community.
Portfolio lead members announced for North Northamptonshire unitary preparations
August 10, 2020
Portfolio lead members announced for North Northamptonshire unitary preparations
The leader of the North Northamptonshire Shadow Authority has today announced the councillors who will have a portfolio role in the unitary preparations for the new council in the north.
Residents of Northampton urged to take action as cases rise
August 10, 2020
Residents of Northampton urged to take action as cases rise
​Latest government figures published this week (22 July) show that the coronavirus infection rate in the borough of Northampton remains above the national rate (455.6 per 100,000) and regional average at 535.2 per 100,000.
Northamptonshire County Council to begin extensive ‘surface dressing’ road repairs across the county
August 10, 2020
Northamptonshire County Council to begin extensive ‘surface dressing’ road repairs across the county
Northamptonshire County Council will begin its extensive ‘surface dressing’ road repairs across the county from Wednesday 29th July 2020. The work is being carried out by Northamptonshire Highways and will provide a cost-effective way of preserving and extending the life of highways in Northamptonshire.
Northamptonshire County Council secures new ‘green’ energy contracts
August 10, 2020
Northamptonshire County Council secures new ‘green’ energy contracts
Northamptonshire County Council has secured two new ‘green’ energy contracts with the buying group, Laser. The contracts will cover all council buildings and street lighting, and will cost £12m over the next 4 years.
Changes to parking in resident permit zones and high density residential areas
July 20, 2020
Changes to parking in resident permit zones and high density residential areas
​Relaxed parking enforcement introduced during the covid-19 lockdown is set to revert to normal from Monday 3rd August 2020.
23,108 archaeological objects have been found by the public in Northants
July 13, 2020
23,108 archaeological objects have been found by the public in Northants
​The British Museum has announced that its Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) has hit a milestone 1.5 million archaeological objects, including 23,108 found by members of the public in Northamptonshire.
Warning to open water swimmers – stay away from ponds and lakes at Northamptonshire’s country parks
July 08, 2020
Warning to open water swimmers – stay away from ponds and lakes at Northamptonshire’s country parks
‘Steer clear of unsafe lakes and ponds if you want to open water swim,’ is the message from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).
Northamptonshire County Council appoints new Interim Chief Executive of Children’s Trust
July 07, 2020
Northamptonshire County Council appoints new Interim Chief Executive of Children’s Trust
Northamptonshire County Council has welcomed the appointment of a new Interim Chief Executive for the Children’s Trust.
Northamptonshire libraries launch Summer Reading Challenge
July 07, 2020
Northamptonshire libraries launch Summer Reading Challenge
Northamptonshire County Council’s Libraries are inviting all children to join the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020.
More than 500 people attend Digital Northampton’s second annual showcase
July 07, 2020
More than 500 people attend Digital Northampton’s second annual showcase
​More than 500 people signed up to attend Digital Northampton’s second annual tech innovation showcase, Merged Futures 2020, which was held virtually last Friday (12 June).
Birth registrations service to reopen via online booking system
July 07, 2020
Birth registrations service to reopen via online booking system
​Following Government guidance clarifying that registration services are now permitted to open in England, Northamptonshire County Council’s registration service will re-open to take birth registrations, notice of marriage and corrections via an online booking system from Monday 22 June.
Northamptonshire libraries to introduce phased reopening
July 07, 2020
Northamptonshire libraries to introduce phased reopening
Following the government announcement that libraries are able to re-open to the public in early July, Northamptonshire Libraries will be introducing a phased reopening to ensure the safety of both staff and customers.
First tranche of active travel walking and cycling measures start to take shape
July 07, 2020
First tranche of active travel walking and cycling measures start to take shape
The first tranche of measures to establish temporary and permanent cycle and walking schemes in light of changes to lockdown have been announced by Northamptonshire County Council.